A Day in the Life – 2014 Weekday Edition

The past few years I have done a “Day in the Life” post just for fun.  I did not do one in 2013 because the majority of the year I was pregnant, the first part I was sick and barely blogging, then I just kind of fell out of blogging in the middle, and the end I was either extra tired and pregnant or caring for a newborn and I just never did a post.  So I thought today I would record a day with James.  It’s probably not interesting to anybody but me, but someday I can look back on it and remember what our days were like when he was so little! Our first few days home I did write down what we did at what times just to have to remember and they had even less of a routine than we do now! At least I roughly know how the day will go when I wake up now 🙂  I always like going back and reading my old posts like this to see how those days went too! Since Joe isn’t here to share in our day, I think I will do a normal day in the life post later in the spring on a weekend day when he is here and we are doing normal weekend things.  All of my previous days are from weekends.

Click through these for my previous years days’ 2012, 2011, 2010.

4am – James wakes me up after sleeping over 8 hours (normal is 4-7  for his first stretch, this was the first 8 hours).  James hasn’t been swaddled for bed for a few weeks now and he hasn’t had swaddled naps for a few days now either.  He sleeps in sleep sacks most of the time but tonight he was using his cozy Christmas jammies.

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4:45 – James goes back to bed, I go to the bathroom, get a drink, pet Pinga (who rarely comes into the bedroom) and pet Cora (who likes to sleep in the sunroom), then go back to bed too petting Ocean on my pillow and Chloe by my feet in the process (this go back to bed routine is the same every time James wakes me up except sometimes I keep cookies for Cora in my bathrobe).

6:45 – Joe gets up, says bye, walks Cora and heads to work (thankfully I don’t think he had to plow this morning)

7:15 – James starts to wake up off and on and I doze.

7:45 – I get up and dressed and run down to put the trash out by the road

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8:00 – James is definitely awake now, get him up and changed and dressed.  Then, he sits and talks to me while I get food for cats, dog, rabbit, bird and usually my breakfast too.  If he is upset and/or starving sometimes the animals wait a bit but usually he is content to sit in the kitchen for a few minutes and look around or coo.

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8:15 – James and I in the living room eating our breakfasts (peanut butter jelly toast and cocoa for me and milk for James), checking things like email, Facebook, and bank accounts, check/pay bills and watch some of the Today Show. Lots of time’s we email Joe good morning too.  And send him stuff during the day… he probably wishes I was going to work so I couldn’t send him so much sometimes!

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8:45 – Play with toys on floor and try to capture (unsuccessfully) rolling over on camera.  I swear he smiles all the time but I can’t capture them!

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9:10 – Diaper break, More breakfast for James, Cora snoring in the recliner

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9:30 – Head upstairs, Diaper #4, partial outfit change due to excessive drool and spitup, James played on his floor mat for a couple minutes while I put his laundry away (I did all of our laundry yesterday and got ours away but I didn’t want to go in his room while he was asleep to do his!), then we played together for a couple minutes but James was fussy so read a book instead, nurse, James asleep for nap at 10.

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10:00 – James is asleep, make beds, put dishes away, wash up last few dishes from last night, clean up toys in living room, wash last nights eggs because I forgot about them last night, wipe down counters, file away important paperwork I’ve been saving on the fridge,  take Cora out for a walk, feed and water chickens, take out some ground beef for supper, look up how to make homemade baked beans because there are extra soaked beans that I didn’t use in chilli last night, thaw bacon ends for beans after looking at recipe, talk to work about finalizing leaving and finishing up stuff with them, sweep and mop kitchen/laundry/living room/stairs

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10:50 – James starts waking up, quick finish what I was doing

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11:00 – Get James up, diaper #5, play on floor in his room

11:15 – Feed James, James snuggles/nap on couch in my arms, more Today Show for me and online stuff.  I admit I probably spend too much time on Facebook but I also read about stocks, news, blogs, child development etc., homemade ideas, crafts, and deal with ebay and craigslist stuff.  Last week I even read about web development but haven’t since…

12:15 – Sleeping James into Pack n’ Play which wakes him up and pisses him off a little bit but he is patient enough to look at his kitty cat for a few moments for me, start coffee, make lunch… ham sandwich, leftover chilli and a carrot.  Kind of a big lunch, normally it’s a sandwich and carrots/apple lately but I thought I shouldn’t waste the chilli and I still wanted my ham sandwich.  I can’t get enough of them.  We normally don’t buy lunch meat but for some reason when I was pregnant I wanted lunch meat by the end, so that’s what I had right after James was born…a turkey sandwich.  And now the past couple of weeks I’ve been wanting sandwiches for lunch too.  So today it’s just a big lunch!

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12:25 – return with lunch and coffee, retrieve pissed off James from Pack n’ Play, watch trash truck come pick up trash out the window, diaper #6, make baby happy again and have him sit in my lap and hang out while I have some lunch, finish Today Show on T.V.  He’s still yawning and I think he is  tired but probably won’t nap on his own until later this afternoon again.

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12:45 – Diaper #7, Play in jumper

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1:00 – More coffee for mama, play some more in jumper. James even reached out and showed interest in specific toys.  Still need a pillow under his feet though, he is still a bit too short and needs a bit of propping with a blanket too for extra support.

1:10 – James is over it and wants to get out of jumper and have a snack and fall asleep in my lap, email Joe, switch T.V. to Live with Kelly and Micheal, add photos to blog from the morning.

2:10 – Sleepy James into Pack n’ Play where he wakes up mad (again),  start baked beans in crock pot, take Cora outside, get Cora new water/lunch time meds, bring mad James into kitchen to watch me finish putting beans in crock pot (he is a bit happier when he can see me but he would still prefer me to never set him down), microwave more coffee and then clean up over flowed coffee in microwave, Diaper #8, clean up dishes from lunch, beans and pot from last night.

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2:35 – finish Live with Kelly and Micheal while James eats and snuggles again

3:05 – James is done eating, Diaper #9 (I did not realize I changed this many diapers each day!) He is clearly getting plenty to eat! James came upstairs with me, we took a couple of toys into the bathroom and he hung out with me while I took my shower.  A lot of the time I just give him bottles and boxes from the bathroom to look at, but I thought toys might be interesting today, especially since he has been wanting to roll over and move more.  Maybe they will coax him to practice! He also likes to stare at the big stripes on our shower curtain and I talk to him while I shower too – which must confuse him since he can’t see me but he can hear me.  He probably thinks I’ve gone invisible! Occasionally I get to shower on my own if I time it while he is asleep and I don’t always shower this late in the day either! James also decided to get into something more comfortable for nap time.

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3:45 – Head to James’ room to play for a few minutes and try for a nap.  He got upset when I tried to set him on the floor though so I changed him, Diaper #10, and then he started to cry and cry and cry inconsolably.  That’s not very common for him, only once in awhile, so we tried rocking and eating and distracting and nothing worked.  So I tried some gas drops, stripped him down because he was getting warm from crying, turned on his music box and sat him up and burped and burped him until several big burps came out and that did the trick.  He quieted right down.  He must have had some burps left from eating earlier but then he was laying down in the bathroom on his blanket so they didn’t bug him and when we tried to play I must have adjusted him enough that they moved and upset him in his belly somewhere.  Once he felt better we got him back dressed again and read books in my lap while he nibbled on my fingers and fell asleep.

no picture for this part.. no way was I going to flash my sleeping baby with the camera and wake him up!

4:45 – James happy and asleep for a nap.  Stir beans (they smell OK we will see how they taste tonight or tomorrow), take Cora out for a walk, get mail (only got one thing – a free coffee sample), collect eggs from chickens and wash and put them away, snuggled Cora who really wanted some loving, fed cats, rabbit and Cora their suppers (a bit early but a good time to do it anyways), put dishes away, scooped litter boxes, got a snack and some hot cocoa (I drink way, way too much of the stuff), vacuumed and then cleaned out the vacuum and washed the filters, shoveled the back door although it’s still snowing pretty good so it won’t  stay shoveled for very long and put a couple of books for sale up on Amazon.  James started to squawk around 5 a bit but I left him to see if he would fall back asleep for a little bit because a 15 minute nap hardly counts.

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My goal for nap in the afternoon is like 3:30-5:30 or so and a lot of times if I hit it just right he will totally sleep for 2-3 hours and then get up for a couple of hours before bed again and if I don’t hit it right then he won’t hardly nap at all!  I still have trouble with the morning nap. I’ve aimed for 10, 10:30 and 11 and now the past few days I aim for 9:30 because he seems to get tired by then and then get up.  Yesterday he took 3 reasonable naps like 45 minutes or so spread over the day and that worked fine too.  Last weekend he took a random 10:30-2:30 nap so there is no good routine with that yet! I think if he had any choice he would prefer to just fall asleep in my arms all the time and just snuggle and wake up to eat and play and then sleep again whenever he wants and all with me! Sweet little baby!

6:00 – James is awake! A short nap but thats good because bedtime is around 7:30 but he would have been crabby if he had been awake all afternoon straight.  Diaper #11.  We came downstairs to sit and play for a bit before we go back upstairs and play in his room before bath time and bedtime.  Cora played fetch with us for a bit but she picked a squeaky toy to play with and that gets her very riled up so we cut it a bit short because I don’t like her to be super riled around James.  She decided to rip the stuffing out of a half torn up raccoon toy instead.  Oh well!

6:30 – Upstairs to play for a bit, Cora is in her look out spot waiting for Joe. James is not into belly time today and wants nothing to do with it so we played airplane and checked out some rattles and a crackly elephant toy he has.  Diaper #12 🙂

7:00 – Bath time! James sits in his crib while I get his bath warm and cozy and get his wash cloth and towel all set.  Then he gets all naked (last night he got naked floor play time too but he gets cold and then gets mad so usually he is all cozy in clothes instead… summer will come soon hopefully!) and we head off to the bath tub.  So far I have carried him to the tub and back totally naked and have yet to get peed on… probably tomorrow now that I say that though.  After bath it’s time to get all snuggly warm with lotion and a new diaper and a cozy jammy sack on and then we read a book, usually Goodnight Moon for bedtime, and then James eats while we rock and I read my own book quietly and then it’s time for bed! If he is still awake a bit he often gets his mobile to play music for him, otherwise it’s time to say ‘Goodnight I love you, Sleep tight I’ll see you in a few hours!” and head out.  I don’t want to jinx myself but he always goes to bed just fine, ever since his first couple of weeks.  Naps are rough (I kind of think he doesn’t like to sleep when its light out on his own because he knows its daytime and something is going on without him) but bed is like clockwork now.  I’m sure it will change and we will have rough nights again but for now I enjoy that at 7:30 he will go right to bed happy and full and sleep for several hours! When Joe is home with us he will do baths too and play with James before and snuggle him once he gets all cozy and then he keeps us company in James’ room while he eats and then we both say goodnight to him together.

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7:45 – I come downstairs, Joe still isn’t home from work yet, Cora is still upstairs in her spot waiting to bark at him when he gets home.  Thankfully James sleeps through this or I would get mad! I checked on my baked beans and added some more seasoning but they taste alright and I think they are getting close to being done.  I’ll see how they taste tomorrow, supposedly better the next day!

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8:00 – Took Cora out quick to go to the bathroom because she was antsy, just outside the door though by the chicken coop because I don’t like to go all the way back in the dark if I don’t have to.  Then I shoveled around the back door again and made Cora and I each a piece of peanut butter bread (mine with jelly too) since Joe is still at work and it will be awhile before supper.  And now because its Friday night I plan on doing very little with the rest of my night even though there are plenty of things I could or should be doing (Cora smells stinky and needs a bath and I didn’t workout today like I meant to), but it’s Friday and I’m ready for a break!

I always look forward to Fridays and weekends when Joe is around more because it does get a bit lonely here at home during the week since my main companions are a dog, cats and a baby who doesn’t talk yet, I’m not alone but there is definitely no adult interaction!  Especially with Joe working late nights a lot of the time and even over the weekends lately, I’ve been spending lots of time by myself! I’ll be looking forward to when Joe’s work project is over and the snow lets up so he doesn’t have to work late and plow so much and then in the spring and summer when I can at least get out with the stroller and go for walks! I suppose someday I’ll be wishing for these quiet days when I’ve got a couple of little kids who can talk back to me and/or won’t stop talking… I should enjoy it while I can I guess!

8:30 – Joe comes homes!! 🙂 Like I’ve been mentioning this week, he has had such long days the past few weeks.  We’re very proud of him for working so hard and doing all that he does… we are excited for it to calm down a bit though so we can see him more!

9:15 – We have spaghetti for supper… nothing fancy at all.  This week I’ve been making us food but for the past year or so Joe has been doing like 99% of our cooking for us.  He makes less of a mess in the kitchen than I do and his food comes out way tastier!  I just did it this week because he has been so busy at work! Last Tuesday I went to our only local store that doubles coupons (on Tuesdays) and they happened to have organic pasta sauce on sale 2 for $5 and then I had two $1 off coupons that they doubled so I got 2 jars of organic pasta sauce for $0.50 each.  I like coupons, but I’m never very good at matching sales and coupons, so I was pretty excited about this! I also got pasta for the same 🙂

10:00 – The kitchen is all clean, leftovers are put away, I’ll store some milk for James (I have a ton saved in the freezer for him and he refuses to take a bottle from me! I figure once he starts on some more solids though I’ll be able to use a cup or at least make cereal with it so he keeps getting it for a little bit), and we’re watching some T.V. and having chocolate milk and popcorn. I need to make a grocery list for tomorrow quick and Joe has to take Cora outside one more time before bed.  I’m very glad I do not have to take her out…it’s extremely cold and snowy! This is also the time I’d normally be doing my blog post for the day but today I’ve been doing it steadily whenever I can so I don’t forget anything.  It’s tiring just to keep track of everything like that but I’ll like to look back on it someday, maybe with James when he is older, and see the pictures and how our day was.  In a couple months I will do a normal weekend day post and include Joe more when he is home doing stuff with us.

And that is a relatively normal day here at home now, at least during the week, weekends are different and more relaxed! We try to sleep in if we can and spend more time relaxing and hanging out when we can too (when there is no work, or plowing, or pole barns falling down!), we make a big breakfast a lot of times and lots of normal chores don’t always get done if they aren’t critical.

Tomorrow Joe does have to go to work but James and I are going to drop him off so we can go into town and go to Wal-Mart and Tractor Supply for chicken feed.  I have to formally turn in my resignation too so they can finish processing it and get my last pay all set for me.  Then tomorrow night Joe and I are probably going to go to his bosses house for supper.. James too of course! They want to meet and hold and snuggle James.  I just hope he is a good, happy baby and might consider taking a bottle  from somebody if he gets hungry! Maybe Joe can convince him 🙂

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Hot Weekend

This weekend was very, very hot and steamy here! And still is actually since it’s Sunday night at 8:30 and our fans are on, the windows are open and we’re still roasting.  Thank goodness for air conditioning in our bedroom!

Yesterday morning we woke up and Joe wanted to go shooting so, with the promise of breakfast, I went along to the range to keep him company! I didn’t take my gun or go shooting myself but I had a nice bacon and egg sandwich for breakfast and I read my book in the breeze… it was actually pretty nice down there, except the wind was too much for Joe’s shooting and for him it would have been nicer to be calm out!

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Joe setting up his gun for the day

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Another view down range.  I only had two incidents with bugs. A weird green tree worm thing blew onto my shirt and then a funny, little, yellow, fat spider crawled around on my table while I was reading.  Oh, and something bit me behind my ear… maybe a fly.

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Here is Joe doing some calculations with the wind and recording the days shots in his shooting book.

On the way home we stopped and checked out a sail boat that’s for sale.  It’s 25 feet and light enough for my car to pull.  Unfortunately, it is made by Chrysler…and after buying a car made by Chrysler… I’m not that inclined to buy a boat made by Chrysler! Although it is from the late 70’s and maybe Chrysler did a better job back then.  The other bummer I find about the boat is that the owner’s died in a horrible car accident on their way to Arizona.  The boat wasn’t with them… but maybe it still has some bad energy attached to it!  Otherwise it is in pretty good condition and seems nice!

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After checking out the boat we headed to Sherwin Williams where I wanted to check out paint… that was unfortunate too because Sherwin Williams sells paint for like $60 a can and that’s a bit ridiculous.  I can get Glidden paint from Wal-Mart for like $20 something a can and it works just as well as far as I know!  We headed to Wal-Mart next to look at paint colours and we picked up some spackle and painters tape to start taping off the baby’s room to begin getting that ready.  I said I didn’t want to paint the ceiling because it’s so awkward but Joe volunteered to do it so the whole room is getting a nice paint job!

Since it was so hot out we spent some time in the afternoon napping in the air conditioning and then we took Cora swimming! Lots of other people thought the same idea but we found a spot that was private so it was just the three of us.

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Cora got lots of playtime and Joe waded out far enough with her for her to even swim for a bit.  Even though she can swim, anytime she can cheat and try to reach the bottom she does!  She saw (and was scared) of her first big goose feather and she explored some grass and rocks and chased sticks in the water.  She also drank so much water I’m surprised the lake level didn’t go down a couple inches! She had to pee a lot the rest of the night 🙂

After swimming we came home and relaxed for the rest of the evening having our tomato soup for supper and watching some T.V. until bedtime!

This morning was really rainy here and we were hoping it would cool off but it didn’t and the rest of the day was just as hot as ever.  We spent most of the day around the house… doing a bit of cleaning, some laundry and Joe made a new meal plan for the week and I made a shopping list for tomorrow after work from his list and other things we are out of.  Tomorrow is back to work for us and will probably include a trip to the dump and to the gym for me in the morning before work. 

This afternoon we did take a drive to town for some ice cream and then we ate some of it while making a trip through the car wash.  Ice cream is good but they made our blizzards so tall that they were over flowing when they handed them to us and in the hot weather they were soon dripping down the sides and making big messes! We managed to contain most of it and even Cora got a scoop of ice cream… which I’m sure has corn syrup but it was so hot out we gave her a bit anyways.

Supper tonight was Joe’s homemade pasta and homemade marinara sauce and now Joe is out with the dog and then we’re settling in to watch the Next Food Network Star show before heading up to bed!

Frozen Potatoes

It has been cold up here the past few days! Cold, cold, cold! Schools have been closed and the high has been close to 0F.  All weekend the thermometer on the counter that is attached outside near my bird feeder said -4F to -5F and that was without wind chill.  Some towns a couple of hours here got to almost -20F not including wind chill!  The snow is crunchy, they can’t plow very well and on top of that… it keeps snowing and snowing.  Ask Joe how many times he has plowed in the last few days and he’ll tell you he hates the snow!  I don’t mind the snow and brushing off my car in the morning seems reasonable… but it’s been so snowy that you go inside for an hour and have to brush off the car.  I brush it off before spin class, after spin class, before work again (and maybe again yet before work if I do it too soon), then at lunch if I need to run errands and again after work! Usually just the fluffy stuff so it isn’t too terrible but still… that’s a lot of brushing!  I wish we had a garage for these kind of days!

Inside the house has generally been staying pretty warm and in fact our bedroom and guest/workout room are roasting hot. So hot we hardly need blankets at night!  Not sure why the heat gets trapped up in those rooms although they are upstairs in a corner and both rooms are really well insulated with newer windows and the blinds and curtains are down on both so there is a buffer and big long wall heaters.  Joe actually tried turning the valves down on the pipes that lead up to the bedrooms just to give us a break after I suggested we should turn the window ac on!  Downstairs is another matter with a couple of older windows and just more windows in general.  Plus, we come in and out the door so cold air comes in all the time.  During the colder weather we leave the front porch, sun room and pantry doors closed because there is no heat and/or older doors and windows in those three rooms so the rest of the house stays warmer… but I discovered the pantry was getting so cold that our potatoes were starting to freeze! Joe said he went in there and could see his breath one morning.  So now I’ve been forced to open the door and let some heat in there. Luckily it doesn’t seem to be too drafty or bringing too much cold into the house, there is a heater pretty close to the door opening too.  Better to spend the heat and warm the pantry than freeze all of our food! Plus I hate going in there in the winter because it’s super cold and gives me goose bumps!

When I first opened the door I was worried about the rabbit getting a draft and being cold, and as I thought about it, I don’t want him to be cold from the door opening and closing either when it is this cold outside… so I covered up his cage with a blanket for now so he can feel a bit more cozy and snuggly.  — On a side note, I even put a cat carrier full of blankets and fleece outside incase any of the stray/wandering cats want to snuggle up in it.  For all I know there are better spots in the barn, but just in case, there is a cozy spot to sleep out there if anyone needs it!

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It’s a good thing the rabbit can’t read because that blanket says “I Love Cats” and has cats and hearts all over it!

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